What Makes Christmas Merry

A Merry Christmas is not found in the abundance of gifts, food, or frolics, but in a knowing and a confidence in Him. Christmas really isn’t about the presents. The music and the stories and films are all well and good, too. But, they aren’t what it’s about. It’s not even about the food. Christmas […]

Compassion and Confession

We get letters from our Compassion children, Julan and Joseph, every month or two. Julan even writes me in English so there’s no need for a translator. He calls me Tita Jessica, an honorable address in Filipino culture, as if to a parent. This last envelope included a letter from Julan’s mother, writing to thank me […]

5 Things to Remember About Christmas Shopping

It’s been a crazy weekend, hasn’t it? I didn’t go shopping, but just a glance online showed me there was a lot of fiscal activity going on out there. While I heard voices saying, “Calm down, this won’t buy you happiness, ” I also sensed a lot of folks worrying about getting more stuff. There […]

Grace

We’re walking into the Thanksgiving holiday this weekend. For some there is eager anticipation of seeing folks they’ve not seen in a long while. For others there’s the bittersweet sadness of missing those they love and can’t be with. For still others there’s discomfort, pain, awkwardness in family reunions, differences of opinion, and discomfort in […]

How Does Your Garden Grow?

As moms, we can aspire to greatness: to feed our children healthy food that they will actually eat — without complaint to provide cultural, athletic, and literary experiences that they will enjoy to provide a clean and tidy home where it is their joy to clean up after themselves to teach our children to love […]

The Most Beautiful Garden (The Grass is Always Greener)

photo source There’s a garden nearby where children play happily, never bickering or squabbling. They share nicely and politely. Always. They are impeccably dressed, no stains or tears in sight. The older  help the younger and obviously enjoy each other’s company. The yard is well-tended with beautiful flowers, neatly trimmed bushes, and lush lawns, all […]

Growing a Beautiful Marriage (The Grass is Always Greener…)

I am not one to say that I have the perfect marriage. I am not a perfect wife. And hubs, well, he’s not perfect, either. Recently I read through an old journal that reflected a very tough year. Whew. Humbling. There are seasons of spring where everything’s roses. And there are seasons of winter when things […]

Watering With God (The Grass is Always Greener)

I didn’t become a Christian until shortly before my 18th birthday. Until then, I’d, more or less, been a “good girl.” I didn’t smoke or drink. I didn’t party. I got good grades. There were nicer, kinder kids than me, certainly. But there were “worse.” I thought I was pretty okay. And then I learned […]